...started on Saturday in Derbyshire with another trip to see Rocester.
Their non-wining streak is now up to about 53 games. (I think). But thre's a new spirit about them. New manager. Some new players. They went a goal down early and then battled back fro a draw, which felt like a victory. A very good way to spend a couple of hours.
Since then I've done two trips to Amsterdam, which has been a pain, but one of them included a chance to see Ajax v Arsenal which was splendid. Another good game. Great atmosphere.
One of the things I enjoyed at both games was my favourite crowd noise - the post-outrage murmur - that few seconds of grumbling mutter you get after the shouts of outrage about a refereeing decision or a potential handball. I love that sound.
I think I'll be seeing more of Rocester than Ajax in my life though. Better chips at Rocester.
Right down there on the touchline. That's Johan Cruyff. But you probably can't see him very well.